“The Beginning of the End” Created for Kristen E. Robbins, 1995. By Melanie T. Robbins. In the Straybeads Collection.Read More
I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you have a some merriment planned for New Year’s celebrations. My family Christmas was small and quiet but good. I followed my muse to create a few Christmas gifts and decor items. And now that Christmas secrets have been revealed, I will share some more current Muse fun before we jumped into the New Year.
I am delighted to have found a way to resuse some of my beadwork as well as repurpose some containers and such I has collected waiting to see what they might “grow up to be”.
My Creative Gift of the Year went to my brother. An artist in his own right, years ago he gave me permission to adapt some of his art for my beadwork. So I adapted this sketch to beads
I created a bead graph in my computer software and then beaded a version of the dragon which I made into a necklace I wore for many years.
This year, I decided that it was time to revamp “Yevaud” to be my Brotherman’s Christmas gift. The necklace strap had wornout so I trimmed it off and secured the beadwork for reuse. The original plan didn’t work out but mounting “Yevaud” on this tin filled with some of his favorite tea was a MUCH better idea. I mounted the beadwork onto the tin with spray adhesive. Once dry I used Copic markers to add a textured look. And then dripped melted crayon onto the tin to give the flame some added dimension.
Hey, remember the candles from my last post?
Every candle needs a holder, so I made them some…
Look around your house for odds n’ ends that might work together to create interesting and sturdy shapes. I used Isagenix containers and empty jewelry wire spools for these.
Add some weight by filling the container with sand or add pennies like I did. Depending on your containers they can be a secret piggy bank ;)
Glue the pieces together. I used hot glue but use what works for the materials your components are made of.
Spray paint your desired color. This may take a coat or to to get full coverage. Allow to cure for 24 hours.
ENJOY! Happy New Year! May your muse take you on many enjoyable creative adventures in 2019!
The Holiday Season has inspired my creative muse so… I will interrupt the history of my creative journey to show you how I have been following it.
Over my years of beading, jewelry making and general crafting, I collected various items I thought might be useful in the future. My mother says “nothing is safe with me” as I save colored bits of packaging, packing foam, cardboard, etc. Now that my physical abilities are limited I consider how to do creative things on a larger basis. So I am learning to be thankful for helpful gadgets like hot glue guns. (One day in the future maybe I will do a review of what I have learned about those…) Collecting some these things I considered making something and followed my muse…
My initial idea was to paint the cardboard tubes my Young Living Essential Oils come in white. Then add red ribbon to create peppermint stick candles. Turns out my idea is good but my hot glue gun skills do not yet pass muster and my idea hadn’t been thought completely through yet. So I have tabled the peppermint stick candles for another day. Instead I used the materials as a learning curve and continued following the muse… Here is the result.
TO MAKE FAUX CANDLES:
Heavy Cardboard Tubes
High Temp Hot Glue and Glue Gun
White Paint: Opaque White and White Gloss
Czech Fire Polished Beads in graduated sized from 12mm to 3mm
Round nose pliers
Balast (plastic baggies of sand or wrapped pennies)
Needle or pushpin
Prime the cardboard tubes with the opaque white paint. This may take a few coats depending on the original color of your cardboard tube. Mine took three to cover the Young Living tubes. Allow to dry well.
Trace the end of each tube onto cardboard to create an end of each tube. Repeat for the other end. As shown above.
Pierce the center of the other cardboard round with the needle/pushpin. Then apply a small amount of hot glue to the tip of the headpin. Quickly thread the headpin through the hole and allow the glue to set. Apply hot glue to the edges of the cardboard disk so that the glued head of the headpin is tucked inside the tube. Do this quickly so the glue doesn’t cool and can seal the edges of the disk to the tube. Allow to set well.
The tubes are too light to stand up well on their own so we need to add some balast. Using the hot glue, attach one of the cardboard rounds to the sand/pennies. Allow to cool then add glue around the sand/pennies and to the edge of the disk. Quickly insert into the cardboard tube and fit to the bottom and set the tube upright on your work surface. This allows the glue to create seal as it cools.
Apply hot glue around the edge and down the sides a little to look like melting wax, This will be easier to do with hot temp glue than low temp but be careful not to burn your fingers! Continue adding until the “dripping wax” looks the way you wish. BTW, this eats up ALOT of hot glue sticks.
Paint the candle, “wax” and all with the gloss paint. This will take a couple of coats for the candle and additional coats to get all the nooks n’ crannies of the “wax”. Using dabbing or pouncing stroke will help to “squish” the foam brush into those nooks as well. Allow to dry well. I gave it 24 hours.
Thread the beads onto the headpin. Start with the largest size and work to the smallest. Then use your round nose pliers to roll the end of the wire into a loop or a swirl. To look like the flame has movement add a bit of a curve.
Use decorative tape to cover the edge on the bottom of the candle. This adds some flair but also covers any messiness if things didn’t go as planned when gluing on the bottom.
I used all topaz and clear beads for my flames but you could add more color by using oranges and reds,
There ya go! Faux Candles :) And my first non-bead related tutorial. Enjoy!
P.S. I love Christmas, so, more muse meanderings may soon follow….
I was blessed to be raised by two very creative people. My father was quite the U.S, Navy/Mr. Fix-it, problem solver type. He taught me that “with the right tools you can do anything”. Daddy was also patient enough to teach me how to untangle the knotted up jewelry in my jewelry box as a little girl. My mother is a creative gal (although she would argue that this is not so) she writes and is quite good at styling fashion and interior design and is chasing down our ancestry. Mama taught me that “if you can read, you can do anything”. This taught me to explore, learn and experiment along the way.
During my school years I took needlepoint classes and learned to sew. Music was a big part of my life I sang in church choirs, school choruses and played the flute. By the time I got married and was working full-time, most of my creativity was music focused but I sewed and crafted when I could. When I became a Mama, I was blessed to be able to stay home with by girls. Raising littles is a busy thing hard work but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I found time to color or craft with them. My husband is very supportive and a great Dad so I was able to make some clothes for girls and gifts for others. I took up counted cross-stitch, tried my hand at tole painting and sang in the church choir or praise team. (None of that could have been done without his support.)
We visited a powwow to show the girls a bit of our Native American history… they get it from both sides of the family. While there my oldest saw something she really wanted to have. But at six years old it’s price was too steep for it to be lost or forgotten in a toybox. So she asked “Mama can you learn to make it?” I set out to do just that. More about that next time… Melanie
Greetings! My name is Melanie T. Robbins. I a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, BFF and friend. I am also an artist in transition. What if one day everything changed? I am a woman of faith and believe that “God has a plan for me and hope for my future” (Jer 29:11). But sometimes things happen in life that rewrite what you thought to be expected or not expected. The summer of 2017 one of these events occurred.Read More